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Tiny cottage renovation

A small Santa Monica cottage gets a new, right-size lease on life

The renovated dining and kitchen area of the cottage.
Photography by Lisa Romerein

Maximizing light

Now, new oversize windows and skylights invite in the sunshine. Walls are painted a light-bouncing white, while white ceramic subway tiles brighten the kitchen and baths.

For contrast, the wooden floors are stained in a custom mix of ebony and dark walnut shades; the high-gloss polyurethane top coat reflects even more light.

Get the look: Wall paint is Decorator’s White eggshell with semi-gloss trim throughout (benjaminmoore.com for stores) Kitchen tile  is ceramic 3- by 6-inch in white K101 (daltile.com for stores)

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